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Professional Development

The Earth Institute Professional Development Program helps students and alumni to achieve their sustainability-related career goals. The program offers skill-building seminars, networking opportunities, and tools that, together, better prepare students to pursue job opportunities in sustainability and related fields. The program complements existing services such as resume and cover letter review that are provided by Columbia University's career service offices.


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Sustainability Skill-Building

The Sustainability Skills Seminars offer students and alumni practical skills that are specific to sustainability and environmental careers. The half-day, non-credit seminars are free. Past seminar topics have included Life Cycle Analysis, Geographic Information Systems, and Green Building Design.


THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF A SUSTAINABILITY JOB SEARCH
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2019, 10AM-3PM
INSTRUCTOR: CATHY GIBBONS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, ALUMNI & GRADUATE STUDENT CAREER DEVELOPMENT, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

First impressions will make or break your chances of being considered for positions. Your marketing materials (resume, LinkedIn profile, pitch and cover letters) are the first professional connections that you make with an employer or others in your chosen profession. You want to ensure that you create a professional image for yourself. This workshop will cover how to create marketing materials that meet professional standards and help you to develop a compelling professional story of yourself. It will also look at the components of a larger career planning strategy and the importance of a self-assessment as a foundation for formulating the criteria that you will use to select your next employer and job. You should bring a copy of your resume and if available, a paper copy of your LinkedIn profile and pitch.

THE ROLE OF BUSINESS IN THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE SDGS: BUSINESS ALIGNMENT, REPORTING, AND INNOVATION OPPORTUNITIES
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019, 10AM-3PM
INSTRUCTOR: ADAM GORDON, ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR, UN GLOBAL COMPACT, US NETWORK

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. It is clear that the SDGs not only identify where we have to be in 2030 to create a sustainable world, they also outline new markets and opportunities for companies all over the world. We cannot achieve the ambition of the SDGs without the leadership of business. To succeed, we must turn the global goals into local business.

This seminar intends to provide an understanding of the role of business in the achievement of the SDGs and how to navigate the opportunities of the SDGs. We will review the evolving set of resources available to business on the topic and will place particular focus on integrating the SDGs into reporting and innovation. We will also review the current state of business leadership on the SDGs. In the course, students will help develop an SDG strategy for a sample company, including alignment and business opportunity recommendations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role business must play for us to achieve the ambition of the SDGs and the current state of business engagement with the SDGs
  • Become familiar with the available resources and approaches used by business to navigate the SDGs
  • Gain a practical understanding and experience to use the SDGs as a tool to analyze business reporting, strategy, and opportunities

LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAM TRAINING
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019, 9AM-5PM
INSTRUCTOR: NARADA GOLDEN, VICE PRESIDENT, BUILT ECOLOGY, WSP

This seminar will introduce students to green building design and help prepare them for the LEED Green Associate exam. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, a LEED Green Associate credential demonstrates a strong understanding of current green building principles and practices.


Students and alums may register for these events through the Earth Institute Job List. For more information please email us.

Past Earth Institute Sustainability Skill Building Seminars:

  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Product Lifecycle Assessment and Carbon Footprinting
  • Green Building Design and LEED training
  • Consulting 101: How Consultants Win Work
  • Networking and Interviewing Skills Seminar
  • Sustainable Smart Technology and Controls Seminar
  • Climate Adaptation Planning Seminar
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Seminar
  • Sustainability Metrics
  • Greenhouse Gas Protocol's Corporate GHG Accounting and Reporting Standard
  • Public Speaking — Communication Strategy and Delivery

For more information, please email us.